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Wednesday, April 24 • 8:15am - 9:45am
Opening Plenary: Moving towards Equity

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The research is definitive: supportive learning environments matter much more than we think – learning is social and emotional. Integrating social, emotional, cognitive and academic development in schools is absolutely necessary. But is it sufficient? How do we link this new momentum (bolstered by the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development) to existing commitments to improve excellence and equity? How can we leverage it to expand the definition of where and when learning happens? How do we engage community partners? Where are we likely to find champions and skeptics?

Additional Resources:The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development was created to engage and energize communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass its social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions so that all children can succeed in school, careers, and life. The Commission’s work has drawn on research and promising practices to recommend how to make all these dimensions of learning part of the fabric of every school and community. The Commission’s members are leaders from education, research, policy, business, and the military. The full Commission team includes a Council of Distinguished Scientists, a Council of Distinguished Educators, a Youth Commission, a Parent Advisory Panel, a Partners Collaborative, and a Funders Collaborative.

This culminating report from the nation, to the nation, draws on the input received over the past two years from conversations, meetings, and site visits across the country, as well as from the members of all these groups.

The Youth Development Work Group of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, chaired by Karen Pittman, developed this brief on the critical role of youth development organizations in young people’s growth and development. The brief presents a framework for broadening our understanding of how, when, and where students learn, both in and out of school and during the summer. It recommends ways for educators, policymakers, and funders to partner with youth development organizations and to capitalize on formal and informal learning settings that support young people’s growth and development.

  • Ideas to Impact Visual Cheat Sheets: Attachment Below
Using the SEAD Commission's graphics to inform conversations about readiness, quality, equity and engagement

  • Resources from Turnaround for Children and a Message from Pam Cantor, M.D.: Attachment Below

As part of its Equity & Excellence Project (EEP), the National Urban League has reviewed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plans for 36 states and the District of Columbia where they have Urban League affiliates.

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Michael Lamb

Executive Director, Washington, D.C., Turnaround for Children
Michael Lamb has led Turnaround for Children’s district, network and school partnerships in Washington, D.C. for more than five years. He also trains district, network and school leaders; teachers and social workers; and delivers professional development presentations and workshops... Read More →
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Hal Smith

SVP, Education, Youth Development & Health, National Urban League
Hal Smith serves as the Senior Vice President for Education, Youth Development and Health with the National Urban League, leading the organization’s programmatic, advocacy, policy and research work in those areas. For most of his career Hal as focused on issues of educational equity... Read More →
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Karen J. Pittman

President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment
Karen J. Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground... Read More →

Wednesday April 24, 2019 8:15am - 9:45am PDT
Grand Ballroom